Air Pollution Kills Up To 30,000 People in Delhi Every Year: CSE

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New Delhi: Air pollution is responsible for 10,000 to 30,000 deaths annually in Delhi as it is the fifth leading cause of death in India, a report by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) revealed on Tuesday.

The publication “Body Burden 2015: State of India’s Health” released Tuesday also said that climate change is leading to greater frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.

The publication, which comprehensively examines the linkage between environment and health, said that a number of public health catastrophes arising out of environmental reasons are staring people of India in the face. “The report has gone into areas such as vehicular pollution, industrial pollution, polluting cook stoves that cause indoor pollution, and related issues. The report states that death toll due to uncontrolled air pollution-related illnesses alone has increased worldwide by a whopping 300% in the last decade…“…from 800,000 in year 2000 to 3.2 million in 2012. In Delhi, which was named as the most polluted city of the world by WHO (World Health Organization) in 2014, air pollution is responsible for 10,000 to 30,000 annual deaths,” it said.

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CSE said that air pollution is one of the top 10 killers in the world and is the fifth leading cause of death in India. “It results in about 6,20,000 premature deaths which are caused by stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, ischemic heart disease, lower respiratory infections and trachea, bronchus and lung cancer, among others,” the statement said, adding that the report highlights the heightened vulnerability of the poor and calls for stringent actions.

“The way forward would be to reduce the source of air pollution—mainly revamping our transportation systems and forcing the industry to come up with cleaner technologies. But people are not aware of these linkages and continue to junk public transport,” CSE director general Sunita Narain.

The report said that climate change is leading to greater frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and simultaneously, India has seen an increase in vector-borne diseases, such as dengue and malaria.

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    Dec 22, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Kezariwal Sir,

    Odd-Even for cars formula in Delhi can be slightly modified. Instead of making it a compulsion for odd even cars there should be an appeal to Delhi people that they should bring cars as per odd/even dates applying to their cars. It should be in the form of an appeal to Delhi people but not as an compulsion.

    This suggestion looks ridiculous in the first instance. But if we peep towards history when there are 10 children family, 9 children family or eight children family in India, Congress Govt. from 1947 to 1975, never taught to people that they should give birth only to two children. During Emergency in 1975 two children formula was applied as a necessity and Congress Govt. of Mrs. Indira Gandhi lost election in 1977 on the issues of compulsory sterilization and demolition of unapproved colonies.

    But now when people completely understand that two children formula is necessary almost every couple have adopted it because they have accepted it mentally.

    Now as far as pollution problem in Delhi is concerned from 1.1.2016 to 15.1.2016, odd-even formula is being applied on experiment basis, perhaps Delhi’s people would not like it and in case there are grave problems Kezariwal Govt. may face problems. I travel in DTC bus and people are not happy about odd/even formula and it is general feeling.

    My suggestion is quite clear that Delhi’s learned people may be mentally prepared by adopting odd-even car formula as per their own will and not as a law.

    Initially for experiment basis it can be one month or even for two months by appeal and if this system does work then law can be enforced.

    By appeal my personal thinking is that it will work better. People can be taught about evil affect of pollution and they should be mentally prepared to not to use cars unnecessarily and as far as it is possible to adapt odd/even dates norms on their own.

    This is only a suggestion.

    C.P. Arora
    A Delhi citizen

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